Business Engagement

Working with Business for Growth

The University of Suffolk is a business embracing organisation committed to working with you to help your business grow through innovation, enterprise and knowledge exchange.  You can access the best in graduate talent and academic expertise here to accelerate your growth and development.

We want to work with you to ensure the University works for business and employers, continuing to have a demonstrable economic impact on our locality and further afield whilst learning from you and bringing you into our community.

We can provide access to students, graduates, apprentices, state of the art facilities, the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC), meeting room hire, business networks, funding opportunities, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, CPD and short courses, events and enterprise skills development, consultancy and collaborative research to name but some of the opportunities available when you choose to use the University of Suffolk.

'There are no barriers to working with the University of Suffolk to grow your business regardless of whether you are an SME or a larger organisation. In fact there is more funding and drivers than ever before for business to engage with higher education, realising the targets of the Industrial Strategy, and making an impact on the productivity and economic success story of a region.  The team at the University of Suffolk understand the needs and timescales of businesses wishing to compete in an ever competitive environment. Being a young University is an enabler here as we are able to move fast to help meet the needs of our business community'. Stef Thorne, Director of Business Engagement & Entrepreneurship Services.

Knowledge Exchange Funding


We are committed to having a significant impact on the economy, society and wider world around us.

Engage programme for current students and alumni

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What can entrepreneurship do for me? Unlock your entrepreneurship skills.

Get in Touch

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For business enquiries or to find out more about our Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship team, please contact us.

The Games Hub

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The Games Hub is based within the IWIC building for computer games design students to develop ideas, access competitions, programmes and events.

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Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre

The IWIC is the University of Suffolk's focal point for developing new entrepreneurs and innovative Start Ups.

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Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

Find out more about our Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.

Success Stories

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A few examples of where the University has worked with, supported, incubated or provided skills and talent to help grow and develop business.

Venue hire and facilities

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The IWIC is a smart working environment within Ipswich with businesses, academics and the Business E & E team co-located in a flexible space.

CPD and Short Courses

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The University of Suffolk is set to become the provider of choice for the delivery of CPD and short courses in the region.


Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship

Meet the team

Stef leads the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship Directorate, the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC) and the University’s business engagement strategy. In 2016 Stef founded the award winning Suffolk Centre for Female Entrepreneurship and is currently a member of th...

Previously the Employer Liaison Adviser at University of Suffolk, Jenni is now the Knowledge Exchange and Business Engagement Manager.  Building on her employer engagement expertise to work more closely with Small to Medium Enterprises, Jenni conducts needs analysis, linking busine...

Ruth Paton is Innovation Centre (IWIC) Manager within the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship department supporting enterprise and business development at the University of Suffolk. ...

Heidi is the Games Hub manager, within the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship team at IWIC. Heidi works with the  3rd year computer games design and programming students to deliver business and entrepreneurial skills as well as running the Tranzfuser (UK Games Fund) programme...

Debra Gingell is the Business Development Manager (CPD) within the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship Directorate. She is actively engaging with local businesses, external training providers and academic staff at the University of Suffolk to develop a portfolio of Continual Pr...

Kate is the Alumni Relations and Development Manager within the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship Directorate.  She is working to raise the profile of the Alumni Community both internally and externally and ensuring the Universities philanthropic work continues to build thro...

Joanne has spent her working career in the Construction Sector, starting out as an architectural technician before moving onto construction site management.  Having spent 25 years in the commercial training and further education environments as a Director, Trainer, Assessor and Int...

Catriona is the Business Engagement Administrator working within the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship team particularly supporting the Knowledge Exchange and Business Engagement Manager. Catriona is involved with all business engagement administration including funding proje...

Amy is the fundraising assistant within the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship directorate. Amy’s role focuses on the philanthropic direction of the University, engaging alumni and supporters into the fundraising campaigns we embark on. The most significant project to launch...